Brash and bold, new mascot Gritty was a magnet for attention in Philadelphia this season. Meanwhile, a low-key rookie was changing the trajectory of the franchise.
At just 20, Carter Hart brought stability to the Flyers’ crease after years of turmoil. “I was trying to make the team at the beginning of the year,” Hart said. “When I got sent down after training camp, right before the season, I was really disappointed. But I kept it in the back of my mind that I wanted to be there and made sure that every day when I came to the rink, that there was extra motivation to get to the NHL. I had to make the most of everything I was doing down in Allentown so I could make that jump and be ready when I do get that call.”
The call came soon enough: Dec. 17, the same day coach Dave Hakstol was fired ...
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